Friends, it is not lost on us that it is challenging to be pro-life in today’s world. It can be frustrating; it can feel hopeless, and, honestly, it can be maddening.
We live in a fallen world where people feel more inclined to follow their feelings than hold up their values. Many are more consumed with making life easy when the “easy” route often holds more harm than good.
Generally, most people tend to steer away from faith-based arguments because - let’s face it - it almost feels like you can’t win. Ever. So, let’s take an approach that helps us stay true to our faith instead of winning an argument. When you can (lovingly) share your pro-life views, perhaps you’ll find that even if you don’t participate in a war, you’ve at least given the other side pause to hear you out.
- God doesn’t make mistakes. Every life is ordained and created by God, and every child conceived is on purpose. Even in the worst of situations, God has planned every life on purpose, for a purpose. The chances of getting pregnant in the best conditions are 15%-25%. Those chances aren’t all that high; throw in a stressful situation, and chances are significantly reduced. If a baby is conceived, God has a plan.
- A woman’s body is designed to actualize pregnancy. The hormonal changes and bodily changes a woman goes through during pregnancy were intended to progress throughout pregnancy. Cutting this process short exposes women to health issues later in life that could be avoided through actualizing the pregnancy. Even if a woman does not want to raise a child, she can save her health and baby through adoption. (And yes, miscarriage is different as this is a natural end of life that the woman’s body has prepared for versus the forced end of life.)
- Babies don’t ruin lives. They change lives. The most precious, innocent humans are motivators to do better, they’re joy-generators, and when given a chance, they change us for the better.
- Adoption allows women to continue living their lives. For nine months, they can enable the baby to develop while still working, going to school, pursuing their goals, and then, one day they give birth, and a couple of days later, they’re back to life as usual. A baby doesn’t have to die for a woman to have her own life.
- Resources abound for women with babies. Transportation, prenatal care, child care, living expenses, health care, clothing, food, and shelter are all available in every situation. There is always a way. From social service options to local non-profits, women can be surrounded by helpful, loving people who want to help. These are all messages that every woman and her baby are important, valued, and respected.
What it comes down to is showing love for both woman and child. We live this through our Gospel-centered interactions that allow us to share the love of Jesus and that we genuinely care for the life of every baby. A woman’s future is impacted dramatically by this decision.
Show empathy and provide solutions for women with unplanned pregnancies, and you’ll make a more positive impact on those willing to hear you out.
By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” - John 13:35
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Published on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 @ 11:59 AM EDT